Owie… chicken salad. Yum! It’s so quick and easy to make, and you can put in it what YOU like! You have options (I love options!), you can use mayo, or Greek yogurt, or a mixture of the two… you control your own destiny… woohoo!
How to make it… there really isn’t a recipe exactly, you put in it what you like…
How to poach chicken: Place a few boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a wide pan. Be careful to not put too many in the pan. Depending upon the size of your pan, 2-4 chicken breasts should fit. Next… add water, covering the chicken by a few inches (note: some people use chicken broth and spices, veggies, etc. I didn’t). Add a little salt.
Bring the water to a boil and then turn the burner down so that it is slowly simmering (where you see a few small bubbles, but not a big rolling boil)! I’ve done the rolling boil thing before and it’s basically… chicken jerky ;) Not good!
Simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat. COVER the pot and let the chicken sit in the water for another 15-20 minutes (depending upon the size of the chicken breasts). After 20 minutes poaching in the pan, take them out and shred with two forks (is how I do it). Cubed chicken wigs me out. It’s not right. But it is easier and quicker, so if you can eat chicken cubes, go for it!
Making the chicken salad… Decide what you want in it… I used a little mayo the first time, but I’ll try Greek yogurt next time (if I’m going to eat it all the same day). I used chopped walnuts, chopped celery and grapes (I cut some in half but left some whole), use any spices that you like (I used a dash of curry powder, which turns it a little yellow which is nice). It’s great to eat alone, or as a sandwich, with crackers, etc. Great protein, and only as much fat as you add to it!
Catch you back here tomorrow!